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Yesterday the laptop was running like a top (and has been for close to 7 months now since I loaded SuSe. This morning I booted up and it boots into grub and stares at me with a grub prompt ... now what do I do??
I have tried "boot", but I get error 8 kernel must be loaded. I've typed in "kernel", but get error 1, something about an absolute path name ... the only command that I've successfully launched was "reboot" ... which puts me back where I started ... grub>
This is SuSe 9.1 Personal with grub 0.94
Gets even better ... I can't even boot from a livecd??
Ok ... I've managed to boot a SuSe 9.1 Pro DVD ... but I seem to be chasing myself with things. I've told it to upgrade, it runs through it's checks, repairs one of the hd partitions, then continues it's scan and reports a root partition can not be found to repair check all options and scan again, a second error after that says /etc/fstab can not be found. I go back one screen select all the scan options and the cycle repeats ... like the energizer bunny, it keeps going and going ... I've went through this process 4 times and don't think I'm making any progress.
I've rebooted the DVD and am attempting the repair option from the boot menu. Anyone know what the repair login and password is?
... well maybe rescue wasn't what I wanted after all. Gotta know what to do once you get to the prompt and I'm lost.
I've tried a new installation with the 9.1 Pro CD, but it wants to format my linux partitions (least they appear in red) and there is an error in red about the software ... I'll post both after I have breakfast.
Apart from editing within grub as already posted here, there is a menu driven alternative in SuSE: boot from the install CD/DVD, choose Installation (*not* Rescue), go through all the motions of a new install until you get to the screen with install options. Choose Repair > Expert > Bootloader config > Reset (below to the right), popup with options, take Restore MBR. I have used it successfully quite often, after experimenting with other bootloaders (or when they chose to install in the MBR after I had told them not to :-)).